7 Wreath Hacks That Will Change Christmas Forever

Behold, the Christmas wreath: the epitome of all holiday decorations. Find out how to make a wreath with a pool noodle, reduce dust allergens before you hang a wreath, the best way to hang a wreath, and more with these tips and tricks!

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,
December 13, 2016

7 Wreath Hacks that Will Change Christmas Forever

Make Wreaths Less Allergy-Inducing

Save your family from the dust-inflicted sneezies by airing out your stored holiday decorations before you put them up. Place dusty stockings and ornaments in the freezer for a few hours to kill off even more allergens! You can also clean wreaths using salt.

Two Wreaths for the Price of One

Making a wreath this Christmas with a foam form? Before you begin, slice the foam in half from top to bottom, so that you have two foam circles, each with one rounded side and one flat side. Not only will your wreath hang flat against the door, but now you can make two—one wreath for outside and another for inside!

Save on Natural Wreaths

Live garlands and wreaths are tempting to buy, but they can be expensive! Save some money and try combining both fake and real foliage for unique, cost-effective decorations. Check your local craft store for low-priced artificial garlands, and use floral wire to embellish with seasonal touches, such as pinecones, cranberries, pine sprigs, or holly berries.

How to Make a Wreath Out of a Pool Noodle

Yes, you read that right. You don’t even need a foam form to make a giant Christmas wreath! Just use a pool noodle. This video shows you how.

What to Do with an Old Wreath

We all have that wreath: the one a family member made decades ago, so we can’t throw it away…but it’s looking too drab to hang up. Why not spruce it up a little? Use a glue gun to attach some pinecones from your yard onto it, or buy some cheap doo-dads at your local crafts store and do the same. You’ll get a brand-new wreath for a fraction of the cost, and you won’t have to throw out a treasured family decoration.

Over-the-Door Wreath Hanger

Here’s a great wreath-hanging tip we shared on our getting ready for the holidays podcast: Grab a self-adhesive wall hook—the 3M brand is perfect—and hang it upside down on the reverse side of your door. Loop the wreath’s hanging ribbon around the hook on the opposite side of the door, then pull it over the top for an over-the-door setup. The wreath should hang securely on the front.

The Best Way to Store Wreaths

When it’s time to de-Christmasize your home, take special care with your live wreath: Place it over the neck of a coat hanger and cover with a plastic bag from a dry cleaner. This will protect it from accumulating dust on the off-season. Store the hanging wreath in a roomy closet or in the basement or attic.

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